Cruise ships return to Port Ensenada (Baja California Mexico) after drug cartel violence

   August 18, 2022 ,   Accidents

The mayor of Ensenada (Baja California Mexico), a port city ~70 miles south of the border, announced that liners were coming back after pulling out over security concerns for cruise passengers and employees.

According to Mayor Armando Ayala Robles, CCL-Carnival Cruise Lines had confirmed it would allow its vessels to dock in Ensenada once again as well as complete its list of scheduled arrivals during the coming months.

The cruise company canceled ports of call after the weekend of vandalism and threats of mass violence in Northern Baja California.

On Friday, August 12, a cartel sent a warning promising mayhem on the streets unless some of its members were released from prison.

Port of Ensenada (Baja California Mexico)

Passengers aboard Carnival Radiance departed Los Angeles (Long Beach, California USA) last week for a roundtrip to Ensenada. However, the unrest kept tourists on the liner.

Hooded bandits associated with drug cartels shut down the region on Friday.

State officials said the group had hijacked and burned at least 2 dozen vehicles and put up roadblocks.

On social media, messages (allegedly by the Jalisco New Generation cartel) were circulated, declaring a curfew in Tijuana, and warning residents to go home or risk an attack. The USA's Consulate General in Tijuana issued an order for government employees to shelter in place on Friday.

According to the consulate, the shutdowns had affected Ensenada, Tijuana, Tecate, Mexicali, and Rosarito which had caused CCL - the world's largest cruise line - to forgo its call port on Sunday.

The consulate rescinded the shelter in place order just after 11:30 am on Sunday, August 14, well after the Radiance would have called at the port.